Genesis’ Big Brother – Video Gaming Milestone!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

I’m finally able to use my scanner again – yay!!! Oh, ’80s, how I’ve missed you! So to celebrate, here’s my favorite ad from my newly scanned comic – the Sega Master System! I wasn’t really aware of this system during its heyday, but am more familiar with it now, and it’s actually a pretty cool system! Back when the NES ruled home gaming, the Master System actually had more powerful hardware, but NES had Mario, so eventually the NES’ game library is what allowed the NES to triumph over the Master System… in America, anyway. It turns out that in Europe, it actually surpassed the NES by quite a bit! And in Brazil, it’s the best-selling game system of all time, with compatible systems still being produced!

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One thing that I think is pretty cool about the Sega Master System is that games came in two formats: Mega Cartridges and Sega Cards. The cartridges are pretty standard, but the cards were the size of a credit card – they couldn’t hold nearly as much data as cartridges, but they were substantially cheaper, so you could build your game collection without breaking the bank!

However, the part about this system that I think is the most impressive is the 3D glasses (SegaScope – sold separately, of course). Considering that it was released in the mid-’80s, the 3D is pretty amazing! I know that the Vectrex also had 3D around this time, but other than that, the next one I can think of is the 3DS – a full 25 years later!

EDIT: While originally writing this, somehow the Virtual Boy completely slipped my mind (Sorry, Virtual Boy, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you!) – so that would make it more like 10 years until the next 3D gaming system. Were there any between the Master System and Virtual Boy that I’m forgetting about? If so, let me know in the comments!

It’s Chaos! It’s Insanity! It’s…

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

This is it – the final ad I’ve got to post from Deadpool #1, making this the first book that I’ve closed out! So what have we got here? Bedlam, a video game about preventing the imminent destruction of mankind.

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This ad doesn’t tell you a whole lot about the game, but at least it’s more descriptive than WCW!

Is That a Rocket in Your Jockey, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

At first glance, Rocket Jockey looks a bit like pod racing from “Star Wars: Episode I” (but actually came out first!), but upon closer inspection, actually sounds pretty badass:

“…I will not hold Rocket Jockey liable for my being decapitated by another jockey’s cable, crushed against the hood of another rocket, burnt beyond recognition by jet exhaust, or other injuries to myself or others et al.”

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Nice! I only wish there had been action like that in “Episode I”!

QuickShot – Taking Aim at Your Cash!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Video games were hot in 1989, so people tried to cash in by making better, faster, more powerful controllers. From what I’m told, QuickShot’s performance doesn’t even remotely fit this description or live up to the amount of excitement that they promise.

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I’m no video game expert (unlike some people I know), but I’ve never even heard of the MSX or Amstrad systems – anyone out there remember those?

Violence and Bloodshed – Finally an Appropriate Ad in Deadpool!

January 1997

Deadpool #1

Did you see Deadpool last night? Did you love it as much as I did?? Yep, it was everything I hoped it would be… and so much more!

In celebration of all of the glorious violence and bloodshed in the movie, I’m sharing an ad that’s full of violence and bloodshed – Fighting Vipers, a Sega Saturn game.

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With some of its selling points being “certifiably psychotic characters,” and “the most vicious streetfighters ever to terrorize arcades,” to me this ad seemed the most at home in Deadpool (just slightly more than 101 Dalmatians…).

Now go to the nearest theater and see Deadpool – repeatedly!

Deadpool vs. The Hulk! (Well, Maybe Not “Versus” Exactly…)

January 1997

Deadpool #1

It’s February, and I can already feel the excitement in the air over that oh-so-special day coming up in a couple weeks!

“Valentine’s Day?”

Well, I guess maybe some people get excited about that sort of thing, but I’m talking about something really important – the premiere of Deadpool’s very own movie!!!!!

OK, for those of you who still insist that Valentine’s Day is important, here’s a compromise I think we can all agree on:

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Anyway, for those of you that know me (or have glanced at my list of comics), you know that I LOVE Deadpool like I love no other character, so I don’t think that words can accurately describe my excitement over this upcoming movie.

So in celebration of this momentous event, I’ve decided to post ads from Deadpool #1 for the next couple weeks, in anticipation of the movie.

“But, which Deadpool #1? There’ve been lots!”

Ah, so true. By my count, so far there have been six different comics that could all be considered “Deadpool #1” – released in 1993, 1994, 1997, 2008, 2013, and 2016. And that’s not even counting stuff like Deadpool Corps, Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth, or Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos (yes, really)! Any way you look at it, that’s a whole lotta DP! (Hey, why are there suddenly a bunch of porn enthusiasts here? Oooh, wait, I get it now!)

Anyway, I’m going with the one that I consider to be the most legitimate claim to Deadpool #1, the one from 1997, the first issue of his first ongoing series.

So what was the first ad in this issue? It’s for The Incredible Hulk: Pantheon Saga – a video game.

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It’s a powerful punch to welcome you to the excitement about to unfold on the following pages!

POW!